Portability is high on the list of requirements when choosing a printer. The Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer is lightweight and has a slim design - making it a very portable printer.

The Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer's wireless capabilities enable printing from almost anywhere. And you can share its capabilities among multiple computers. Not only is the white, slim Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer a modern-looking model, but its neatly folding trays and compact size make it easy to transport, too.

The Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer's paper tray feels durable (even if it isn't always easy to get paper at the correct angle). The front-mounted ink compartment makes it a cinch to fit cartridges.

Installing the drivers and software is easy. Indeed, setting up the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer is simple with Lexmark's onscreen step-by-step guidance. Even activating the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer's wireless facilities is straightforward - we particularly like the coloured indicator that informs you whether or not any wireless networks are available.

However, the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer does omit a few features that, in this day and age, seem almost obligatory. There's no PictBridge support and, more importantly, no memory card slots.

Perhaps Lexmark assumed that most users would be some distance away from the printer and would, therefore, prefer to access flash memory directly from their PCs? If you are intending to have this printer attached to your PC, you may well miss the memory card slots.

Photo printing with the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer was slow - but the images produced were high quality. The Lexmark produced realistic prints displaying true colours. Mono printing was quick and crisp even on draft mode.

Some graphics prints produced displayed banding on fast print settings, but fast (printing) means fast with the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer.

However, on the highest quality setting the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer's prints appeared bold and crisp but took a while to appear. The colour ink cartridge ran out quickly however and, at £13 for black and £15 for colour cartridges, the Lexmark's running costs are a little on the expensive side.

Lexmark Z1420 [PC]: Specs

  • Inkjet A4 colour printer
  • 802.11 b/g compatible
  • media supported: plain paper, photo paper
  • maximum printing resolution: 4,800x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speeds: b&w A4: 24ppm, text in colour A4: 18ppm
  • actual print speeds: b&w A4: 9ppm, colour A4: 5ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • 459x199x121mm
  • 2.6kg
  • Inkjet A4 colour printer
  • 802.11 b/g compatible
  • media supported: plain paper, photo paper
  • maximum printing resolution: 4,800x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speeds: b&w A4: 24ppm, text in colour A4: 18ppm
  • actual print speeds: b&w A4: 9ppm, colour A4: 5ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • 459x199x121mm
  • 2.6kg

OUR VERDICT

Although the Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi printer is inexpensive and easy to use, we are surprised at the lack of such features as PictBridge support and memory card slots. Even if some of the Wi-Fi facilities are being used, we still suspect many a user will want to have it plugged directly into their main PC and will, therefore, miss these facilities. However, wireless networking is undoubtedly convenient, and the compact build, attractive design and above average print quality make it a good choice for home users wanting to conserve space.

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